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Clark decries Buhari’s UK medical trip without handing over to Osibajo, says it’s unconstitutional

 Clark decries Buhari’s UK medical trip without handing over to Osibajo, says it’s unconstitutional

Elder statesman and first Republic Federal Commissioner for Information, Edwin Clark, has declared that President Muhammadu Buhari’s medical trip to London, United Kingdom, for two weeks without explanation to Nigerians the “nature of his disease” since he has been embarking on his foreign medical trips is unconstitutional. 

He insisted that “Buhari should tell Nigerians the sickness he is suffering.”

The elder statesman, who made the assertion on Tuesday at a press conference in Abuja, also noted that Buhari’s failure to transmit power to Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, and his failure to also transmit a letter to the National Assembly made his trip illegal.

The Special Adviser to President Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina on Monday confirmed the SaharaReporters’ exclusive report that the President who recently travelled to Seoul, South Korea on a five-day official visit was also going to London, UK where he would be seeing his doctors.

SaharaReporters also exclusively reported on Monday that President Buhari would undergo surgery for the removal of a mass (a lump) in his body believed to be cancerous at Royal Brompton Hospital in the United Kingdom, situated at Sydney St, London SW3 6NP.

However, despite that sources said the surgery procedure would keep President Buhari away from Nigeria for at least two weeks, he refused to hand over to his Vice, Osinbajo.

Speaking on the President’s foreign trips amid the terror alert and the consistent rising cost of living in the country, Clark said the President had been using tax payers’ money for medical trips and should disclose to Nigerians the disease he was suffering from.

Clark recalled that lack of transmission of power to then Vice President Goodluck Jonathan by President Umaru Musa Yar’adua triggered a constitutional crisis which led to the adoption of a doctrine of necessity.

He insisted that President Buhari should not take Nigerians for granted.

Clark said, “Nigeria belongs to all of us; we are not running a banana state. Buhari is taking Nigerians for a ride. He doesn’t have the right to jet out to London without handing over power to the Vice President in line with the constitution.

“At 95 years old, my group has seen enough of this country for more than 70 years. Nigeria is bleeding and only God knows how much of taxpayers money must have been spent by the President on his health. It is arrogance for Buhari to think he can govern Nigeria from abroad. He should hand over power to Osinbajo.”



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